A Suitable Boy

Vikram Seth (Author)
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Description

A Suitable Boy' is Vikram Seth's epic love story set in India. Funny and tragic, with engaging, brilliantly observed characters, it is as close as you can get to Dickens for the twentieth century. The story unfolds through four middle class families - the Mehras, Kappoors, Khans and Chatterjis. Lata Mehra, a university student, is under pressure from her mother to get married. But not to just anyone she happens to fall in love with. There are standards to be met and finding a husband for Lata becomes a family affair in which all the members are to play a part. A beautifully composed story which is an affirmation of family and friendship. The characters struggle, they try to buck the system, to break free of restraint, of interference - but ultimately their strenth and sense of being comes from their family and friends. It is a celebration of ordinariness. In his sweeping epic, Vikram Seth has created an entire world filled with warmth, humour, pathos, tragedy - in short, life. Recorded on location in India, 'A Suitable Boy' is made by the production team of the award-winning 'Bleak House' and 'The Handmaid's Tale'.

Product Details

Price
$33.95
Publisher
BBC Books
Publish Date
May 15, 2018
Pages
1
Dimensions
5.4 X 0.6 X 5.5 inches | 0.35 pounds
Language
English
Type
Compact Disc
EAN/UPC
9781785299605
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About the Author

Vikram Seth's books include three poetry collections, a libretto, the travel memoir From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet, and the novels The Golden Gate and A Suitable Boy. Born in Calcutta, Seth has lived in China, California, England, and India.

Reviews

"This novel, so vast and so amiably peopled, is a long, sweet, sleepless pilgrimage to life . . . His novel deserves thousands of long marriages and suitable readers." --Guardian
"No one, surely, could wish this novel shorter . . . the greatness of the novel, its unassailable truthfulness, owes less to research than to imagination, an instinctive knowledge of the human heart." --Observer
"Conceived on a grand scale of the great 19th century novels - War and Peace, Middlemarch - A Suitable Boy grows to match them in breadth and depth . . . [A] massive and magnificent book." --Sunday Times
"The best writer of his generation." --Times